With one win and two defeats, Manchester United are now half way through their 2013 pre-season tour of Asia.

The Premier League champions have had an extreme overhaul this summer with new home and away strips as well as a new manager and backroom staff. 

Former Everton manager David Moyes has now managed three games as the Manchester United manager since replacing the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Despite losing two of his first three games he remains optimistic ahead of the new season.

The summer is never quiet at Old Trafford and with the club confirming their interest in Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, United look willing to break their transfer record to secure the former Arsenal star. 

Whilst United are hopeful of signing Fabregas, the club could be losing star striker Wayne Rooney who is currently being linked with a move to Chelsea. 

Rooney was sent back to Manchester after suffering a hamstring injury in training and hasn't been able to compete under the new boss as of yet. 

David Moyes’ first game in charge ended in with a 1-0 defeat but despite the result, the Premier League champions fielded a youthful side who showed passion and desire, something which pleased Moyes. 

The players managed to create chances, cause problems for the defence, keep possession and gain fitness. 

Whilst a 1-0 defeat wouldn’t have been the start David Moyes had been dreaming of, the pre-season is more about giving him time to understand the squad and not so much the result.

After their 1-0 defeat, the squad flew to Australia to play the A-League All Stars. With United now having Robin van Persie in the team, Moyes quickly adapted him into the pre-season squad and brought him on from the bench in the 5-1 thrashing of the All Stars.

With goals from Lingard,Welbeck and Van Persie, United looked more settled, clinical and determined to secure their first win of the tour.

Three days after their 5-1 victory against the A-League All Stars, United faced Japanese side Yokohama F-Marinos, which ended in a 3-2 defeat.

Despite clear efforts from the United regulars as well as hopefuls, Zaha and Lingard, United had to swallow their second defeat in three games.

The club now have to prepare for their Friday fixture against Cerezo Osaka in which the likes of Zaha, Lindgard, Anderson, Fabio and Kagawa will all likely feature. 

The club will be looking to secure a win although fitness levels and team chemistry will defintely be a talking point in their pre-match discussion.

United youngster’s Wilfried Zaha and Jesse Lingard have shown huge ability in their first three games and have caused real problems for the opposition. 

As well as the club’s younger talent, the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick have all started to improve their game ahead of the season, giving United fans something to look forward to.


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